Masai Mara Safaris

Indisputably one of the most famous reserves in the world and certainly Kenya, the Masai Mara is a picture of quintessential Africa. The beautiful reserve covers 1,510kmĀ² of stunning scenery ranging far beyond the iconic image of savannah plains, with an extended wilderness of acacia woodland, swamps, koppies, forests and hilly grassland.

With a Masai Mara safari enjoy hot air ballooing from Mara Bushtops Beverly Joubert Masai Mara Elephant Pepper Camp Honeymoon Tent - Michael Poliza Photography

Masai Mara Highlights

  • The spectacular annual Great Wildebeest Migration
  • Quintessential African scenery of flat open grasslands
  • Luxury camps in private conservancies
  • Fabulous big cat sightings
  • Hot-air balloon safaris over the open plains
  • Masaai interactions and culture

The Masai Mara forms a huge unfenced ecosystem with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, which sets the stage for one of nature's greatest spectacles. While game viewing in the Mara is exceptional all year round, from August to October it spikes dramatically with the coming of the Great Migration. This wildlife bonanza sees over a million wildebeest and thousands of zebra journey from the Serengeti plains to the Masai Mara in a continuous migratory cycle.

Big game viewing, particularly of predators, is extraordinary. Sightings of the Big Five are excellent with strong elephant and buffalo populations, the latter being the favoured prey of the Mara's large lion prides. The level of plains game that call the reserve home is rivalled only by the Serengeti, with incredible eland, giraffe, Coke's hartebeest and topi sightings. The Mara also supports a growing population of endangered black rhino and is one of the best places in Africa to see cheetah.

While game drives are the traditional way to explore the reserve, sweeping high above the plains and swooping low in a hot air balloon is one of the best ways to take in the Mara landscape and its wildlife. With a Masai Mara safari accommodation ranges from exclusive tented experiences to luxury lodges and traditional camps, all of which provide an excellent introduction to Kenya's most famous reserve.

The reserve can at times become over popular with visitors; as such staying in private concessions adjoining the Mara offers added privacy while affording all the reserve has to offer. Such concessions provide excellent activities that can't be enjoyed in the main reserve, with walking safaris and bush breakfasts on offer.

Selected Masai Mara Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Masai Mara

All Kenya Itineraries
Heritage Awali

Kenya and Mauritius Family Safari and Beach Holiday Special

Cost For Family of 4
From $19,370 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Masai Mara, Nairobi
Baraza beach

Kenya and Zanzibar Safari and Beach Holiday Itinerary

Cost Per Person
From $4,340 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Masai Mara, Zanzibar Island
Photo by Cheli & Peacock

Kenya and Zanzibar Family Holiday

Cost For Family of 4
From $13,340 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Masai Mara, Zanzibar Island
Bush Breakfast at Karen Blixen Camp

Kenya Safari and Mauritius Beach Honeymoon

Cost Per Person
From $5,510 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Masai Mara, Nairobi

Masai Mara Accommmodation

All Kenya accommodations
  • Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
    Bedroom interior

    Set in a private concession in the Masai Mara, Kichwa Tembo is a luxury tented camp that offers impeccable game viewing and comfortable accommodation.

  • Elephant Pepper Camp
    Tent interior

    Offering a spectacular tented experience, safari in the private Koiyaki wilderness area and take on extended game drives for incredible wildlife sightings.

  • Naibor Camp
    Tent interior

    An excellent camp set in the heart of the Masai Mara, expect modern safari chic, comfortable interiors and a great situation nearby the wildebeest crossing sites of the Mara River.

  • Bateleur Camp
    Bedroom interior

    Found on the Masai Mara's western boundary in a stunning private concession this charming camp offer fantastic views, a superb tented experience and a private butler.

  • Mara Plains Camp
    Tent sitting area by Beverly Joubert

    Stay in comfort and explore the stunning 35,000 acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Take-in magnificent views, old world charm and phenomenal game viewing.

  • Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp
    Tent interior

    Taking you back in time this amazing camp provides an authentic and luxurious safari experience with inviting colonial class.

  • Rekero Camp
    View from tent

    Rekero offers a charming Masai Mara safari experience, resting on a picturesque bend in the Talek River this tented camp is a great option for taking in the Great Migration.

  • Kicheche Mara Camp
    Dining room

    Kicheche Mara Camp is a charming camp set in the game rich heart of the Mara North Conservancy. Relax in this classic bush camp and enjoy exciting game drives and bush walks.

  • Il Moran Camp
    Outdoor dining

    A luxurious escape in the heart of the Masai Mara, this small tented camp offers exclusive accommodation, personalised service and outstanding game viewing.

  • Angama Mara
    Aerial view of Angama North camp

    Commanding the most spectacular location, soaring high above the Great Rift Valley floor, you will find the stunning Angama Mara. Positioned 300 metres above the valley floor on the edge of the escarpment and with stunning 180 degree views across the plains, the locals say you're held between the Heavens and the Earth. This famed location is the exact spot where the incredible "Out of Africa" was filmed.

  • Ol Seki Hemingways Mara
    Chui suite exterior

    Take on night drives and star walks from this wonderful property; situated by the Innisikera River, Ol Seki is an exclusive camp that contrasts the surrounding wilderness with the ultimate in safari chic.

  • Asilia Topi House
    Bedroom interior

    Set on a migration route and bordering the Masai Mara, Topi House is a fantastic option for exploring the area, with plenty of big game to take-in and a dedicated house staff, including a chef and fully qualified wildlife guide.

  • Mahali Mzuri
    Tent exterior

    Sir Richard Branson's first venture into East Africa, this stunning property bears every hallmark of safari luxury. Take in phenomenal game viewing with expert guides and expect polished service and facilities.

  • Mara Toto
    Mess tent at night

    With a fantastic position on the Ntiakitiak River, Mara Toto boasts brilliant sightings of big game while providing a classic tented safari experience.

  • Naboisho Camp

    Discover the vast wilderness of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy from Naboisho Camp. A great little camp offering a classic safari experience, Naboisho affords exciting activities including night drives and walking safaris.

  • Porini Mara Camp
    Mess tent at night

    Delivering open savannah plains, streams and rivers and rolling hills, immerse in Porini Mara Camp's stunning surrounds. Stay in spacious tents and take in a wide diversity of game.

  • Sala's Camp

    Perfectly situated in the heart of the Masai Mara, the camp is perched at the confluence of two rivers and provides guests with a spectacular tented safari, with phenomenal game viewing.

  • Sanctuary Olonana Camp
    Tent bedroom

    Owning a fantastic position on the famous Mara River, Olonana Camp is a luxury tented camp. Enjoy dinner on your private veranda, a number of exciting activities and the chance to get in touch with local culture.

  • Sand River Masai Mara

    Sand Rivers offers an incredible setting along the banks of the river from which it takes its name. This permanent tented camp offers luxury and incredible service in stunning surroundings. Enjoy incredible game viewing experiences from your own veranda in between venturing out to Masai Mara.

  • Governor's Camp
    Aerial view

    Delivering a fantastic safari experience, Governor's Camp is a superb tented camp boasting views of the Mara River and the sweeping savannah.

  • Karen Blixen Camp
    Tent interior

    Overlooking the Mara River, Karen Blixen Camp rests in a valley and offers a superb tented safari. Reminiscent of the safaris of yesteryear, colonial class abounds and so do wildlife sightings, with game viewing excellent.

  • Kicheche Bush Camp
    Double tent

    Set in the prime game viewing area of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kicheche Bush Camp is a great option for catching the wildebeest migration and enjoying a classic safari experience.

  • Kicheche Valley Camp
    Private dining

    A fine addition to the Kicheche portfolio, the 6 tents of Valley Camp are tucked away by rocky outcrops and trees. Enjoy fantastic elephant sightings and comfortable accommodation.

  • Little Governor's Camp
    Dining by fire

    Set around a waterhole, look on from this intimate camp as animals and birds visit for a drink. Tents are comfortable with a private veranda to take advantage of the views.

  • Mara Bushtops
    Camp fire

    With stunning valley vistas from its hilltop situation, this luxury tented camp delivers exciting activities, warm service and is within striking distance of the famed Mara River.

  • Mara House

    Situated in the magnificent Ol Chorro Losoit valley, Mara House provides a private safari experience with views of a waterhole and exciting activities.

  • Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
    Bar interior

    Perched on the hillside of the Oloolamuita Valley, expect comfortable accommodation with a traditional flair and strong service. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy - the gateway to superb wildlife sightings.

  • Porini Lion Camp
    Tent interior

    Delivering an authentic safari experience, stay in this exclusive tented camp for great big cat sightings and a superb position nearby the seasonal Ntiakatiak River.

  • Saruni Mara
    The Literary Room interior

    An eco-friendly boutique lodge, from your cottage embark on adventures across wide open plains and through forest scenery spotting primates and big game along the way.

  • Saruni Wild
    Standard tent interior

    Set in the heart of a beautiful valley, Saruni Wild is a tiny camp found in the wildlife rich Mara North Conservancy. Expect 3 tents, superb elephant sightings and a range of activities, including night drives and delicious bush meals.